21 Days of Prayer (Posted 2-14-2010)

We are currently on day 11 of our 21 days of prayer and have seen God answer our requests. God has brought new supporters, increased support among our current partners, and has thrown in a pleasant surprise by providing free repair work for our car. He is good!

As we continue in prayer the next 10 days, I would like to draw your attention to a couple of teachings on prayer in the Scripture. Certainly, these will not exhaust the topic, but I sense these verses offer perspective for our situation.

God is sometimes pleased to answer specifically the persistent prayers of his people.  In Luke 11, Jesus illustrates persistency in prayer through a story. A man pounds on the door of his friend late at night requesting some food (Luke 11:5-6). Though the friend is unwilling at first, because of persistence, he eventually succumbs. Jesus then teaches, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).

Sometimes godly prayers in Scripture involve physical needs. There are dozens of prayers offered by the saints in Scripture involving physical needs: deliverance (2 Kings 19:14-19), healing (1 Kings 4:8-37), rescue (Acts 12:5, 12; Rom 15:30-31), etc. I believe that our request for our final support needs fit in this category, just as Jesus urged us to pray for our “daily bread” (Luke 11:3).

Sometimes God says no to such requests, but he’s always working for our best. Three times Paul requested that God relieve him of his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor 12:8). But God clearly said no, with good purpose; he wanted Paul to boast in Christ and not his prestigious perks as an apostle (2 Cor 12:9-10).

We are hopeful that God will answer our persistent requests for support affirmatively. Thank you for joining with us.

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